Always Leave Them Wanting More

Close-up magic was never something I was going to be able to master in the span of one semester, but I can say that I have learned a lot.

In my first post, it is obvious (at least to me) how little I knew, not only about close up magic, but about writing blogs about what I was doing. That being said, my experience trying to make a coin disappear was very fun and rewarding. It was about three days into practicing that I began to realize how enjoyable this experience was going to be, but also how much work it was going to be.

I soon moved to card tricks to try and give some variety to what I was learning, and the first card trick I learned went really well.

This led to me getting a little over-confident with my abilities and trying a trick that was a little outside my comfort zone, resulting in the GIF above.

My skills as a close-up street magician were developing nicely though, and as I practiced more and more, I became more confident with my ability to perform in front of people.

One day, while I was working in a school as an EA, i decided to try out my new skills on some kiddos, that story can be found here. This experienced solidified for me that close up magic was not only something I enjoyed, but something I wanted to practice more and more. Being able to break out a few tricks is sure to promote engagement in my future classrooms.

Fast forward a few weeks, and i have been practicing lots. My focus has primarily shifted to card tricks, and as I become more versed, I became excited to share what i could do with my peers. For a blog post one week i showed myself practicing…

…and the next week i released a how-to video of my own.

The Learning project was a great chance to see learning in action. By the end of it i felt versed enough to review tools for the trade, (that post can be found here). Coming to this point made me realize just how much I had learned, but also just how much was left out there for me to learn.

I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this assignment, as it gave me the opportunity to explore something i had been wanting to try for a long time, but found homework to be in the way. With it being homework, I didn’t have homework as an excuse anymore.

I hope you have enjoyed following my journey to becoming magical, see you all soon.

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The Internet is a New Frontier, and I Can’t Wait to Keep Exploring

This semester has been full of some very unique experiences, and I would expect nothing else from my final semester of my Bachelor of education degree.

At the beginning of the semester, i was not versed in digital tools to the extent that I thought I was. I had used SMART technology a few times and I had a Facebook account, but I had not used the internet or it’s tools to their full potential, heck, I wasn’t even aware of what the full potential was, I don’t even know that now, but I’m a lot closer.

Twitter was the bane of my experience for these past few months, and I wasn’t alone.

Using the program Slack, I was able to communicate my distaste for Twitter effectively. Just kidding. But Slack was very helpful during this course. I didn’t use it to it’s fullest potential, but a few things were very helpful.

  1. On Slack was where recordings of the lectures were stored (very handy for sleepy late night class-goers).
  2. Questions that other students had that i had not considered were made available for reading after the fact.
  3. Feeling like I could ask questions if I needed to (to my mentors or the class) provided a sense of security that allowed me to branch outside of my comfort zone with different aspects of the class.

Twitter did grow on me however. I had some meaningful conversations with strangers. Some of which I now follow and they follow me back.

I was even able to use it a bit for one of my other classes, in which the topic of exceptionalities in relation to media and technology.

I now use twitter often and have even had some back and forth with some of my favorite internet personalities. I can see now the value of twitter, rather than as a pseudo-Facebook.

Having a maintaining a blog has been the hardest part of this class. I am a frequenter of many online spaces, but have never really been in charge of maintaining one. The experience has been very rewarding, however, as the interactions i shared with my peers helped me to feel like I was not only able to share things about myself, but that those things were valued.

Being able to interact with my peers blogs was also very rewarding as it gave me an opportunity to give the love right back that I was receiving. such as this interaction on one of Megan Moore’s learning project posts.

Overall, the tools and connections I have acquired over the course of this semester will serve me well in my career as well as with my social life in digital spaces. I will continue to use them in the future. Until this class i was skeptical of maintaining a blog, but I believe it will be a grounding experience as I move through life.

I guess that’s it for now.

See y’all in the twittersphere.

The Cat Scratched Me

This week, we were challenged as educators to experiment with a couple different coding tools to experiment and imagine scenarios in which coding would be beneficial in the classroom.

I chose to use scratch because of the simplistic layout that seemed deep enough to provide tools for beginners and experienced codes alike.

You can find my cat and mouse game here.

I learned many things with this endeavor, mostly that coding is very fun and engaging. The more I used it, the easier it became to use the programming language.

This project took me about 2 hours (distractions included) and was pretty straightforward, I just dove right in rather than use any tutorials (even though they are provided).

I can definitely see the use of programs like this in the classroom, as they use logic in a way that is testable and visual, providing a truly unique way to train the brain.

I also have more of an appreciation for the AAA games i play on my Xbox at home, as i can;t even begin to fathom the work required to make one of those games.

 

Off to game more now! Toodles!

Here’s My Card

A few weeks ago, I did a post about buying a deck of cards specifically for magic.

Well, they arrived, i practiced with them a bit, and as it tuns out, they are amazing.

 

I noticed a few things right away when I started using the Bicycle Rider Back playing cards. The feel of these cards was exceptionally better than the free packs of cards I was practicing with. They are coated in a textured plastic coating that makes them glide really well against one another but provided excellent grip in the hand. This was very helpful as many card tricks require you to manipulate one or more cards inconspicuously.

I would recommend these cards for anyone trying out magic, but also for anyone simply looking to purchase a good set of cards.

These cards cost me around four dollars but when bought in bulk they can be acquired for less than a dollar a pack.

I give these cards a solid 5/5. I am very happy with my purchase, I’ve spent four dollars on worse things.

How Do I Magic?

This week, we were challenged to create a resource rather than find and use one. An interesting challenge, but I felt up for it for sure. This assignment has had me make a few videos now so I found the process easier than before.

I originally planned to re-record the audio for the video, but upon reviewing it I actually liked the way i explained everything (that is why at the beginning you will hear me say I’m going to dub over it).

So without further ado, here is my instructional video, if you try the trick, leave a comment about how effective my resource was, enjoy.

Magic isn’t for everyone, but I have found the experience to be very rewarding. I hope that this video/blog gets you to try it. If magic is something that appeals to you, check out my earlier posts and see what resources I used to get into it.

Ta Ta for now!

Magical Repetition

This week we were challenged to use technology to document our learning using a tool we were not super versed in before this assignment.

I had done some video editing before, but had never tried to make a collage of any kind, and so when I had the idea for this blog post, it seemed like an obvious choice.

Below you will find 21 attempts of the double flip card trick, posted in order, to show my ability in action. The double flip was one of the first tricks I learned (that blog can be found here), and it is my favorite so far because, when done well, really highlights the possibilities of close up magic.

Making this video taught me a few things, mainly just how much work goes into making YouTube videos. Though this wasn’t the goal for this week, it is a lesson I am glad I learned.

This short, repetitive video took over three hours to make, i can only imagine the person-power required to make the quality of content we see on the internet these days.

As I get better at using technology to document my learning, I am excited to see what other things I can do with this skill set.

Until next time..